Canada booked its ticket to FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year, for the first time since 1986, with a 4-0 win against Jamaica in front of a packed crowd of 29,122 at Toronto’s BMO Field.
Canada raised its tally to 28 points at the top of the ranks, six points more than the United States, which comes second.
Cyle Larin from Brampton, Ontario, opened the scoring in the 13th minute, slicing through Jamaica’s defence after an inch-perfect feed from Stephen Eustaquio. Tajon Buchanan, also of Brampton, Ont., added another in the 43rd minute, followed by Junior Hoilett scoring in the 79th minute. An own goal in the 88th minute from the Jamaican squad put the game further out of reach as it neared its end.
The Canadians, who wrap up qualifying Wednesday in Panama, only needed a draw Sunday to qualify. Other qualification routes were if Costa Rica failed to win or a Panama victory over the U.S.
The top three teams qualify for Qatar as representatives of North and Central America and the Caribbean while the fourth-place finisher takes on an Oceania side in an intercontinental playoff to see who joins them.
“Our House. Our Day. All of Canada is with you,” Canada Soccer tweeted in a video heralding the game, accompanied by the sounds of “Coming Home” by Diddy and Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey.
Next match Panama Vs Canada March 30.